You have heard me say before how if you do not forgive your brother, then your Father in heaven can not forgive you. Well, I was wrong. Yes, I know that is exactly what the scripture says, but the reason I was wrong, is because that was before Jesus died. Once Jesus died on the cross, He died for all sins past, present and future. We are future, and those who come after us are future. You see He died long before any of us were ever even thought about. Does this make us free to sin, as Paul said, God forbid. If we are children of Christ we will want to be like Christ, and the desire to sin will not be in our hearts. We are a new man. We are no longer the old man with a sinful nature, now we have the nature of Jesus. AMEN!
Now back to the forgiveness. Lets read what the scripture says....
Mark 11 v 25-26....And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.....
This scripture was written when Jesus was teaching on forgiveness. He had not went to the cross and died for our sins, our trespasses, our unforgiveness yet. When He died on the cross, He said Father forgive them, for they know not what they do. He was talking about everyone. He was asking for forgiveness for all, because He knew that we would not be able to live without sinning. You might say He figured this out while walking on earth among us.
You see that is the most important point that you need to get from this message, is that Jesus forgave you all your sins before you even sinned. Before you ever even knew you were going to sin, your sin was already washed in the blood. When we say that we must pay for our sins, we are putting ourselves above Jesus. We are saying that His blood was not good enough for our sins. When we continue to tell ourselves that we are sinners and we have to confess our sins, we are calling the word of God a lie. We will find in the word where it says in Romans 8 v 1, there is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, and also in Hebrews 8 v 12, where it says He will be merciful to our unrighteousness and our sins He will remember no more. So you see before you ever sinned God had already forgiven you through His Son Jesus. He forgave everyone their sin, all you have to do is Confess Jesus as your Lord and acknowledge that He is the Son of God and believe that He has already died for your sins and rose again and is seated at the right hand of the Father, letting Him know that you are under His blood. AMEN!
The blood of Jesus is powerful. Now some might say, well what about the scripture above that says that we can move mountains, that was before Jesus died. That's right, and when we became heirs with Christ we received all that the Father has to give us. Which means we received His power, His wholeness, His healing powers, His riches, and most importantly His FORGIVENESS. AMEN!
We need to be more careful how we read the scripture because bad teaching, and misunderstanding can lead us into condemnation, and this condemnation is not from God as we saw above, it is from the enemy. The enemy will use people to teach you wrong meaning of scripture, Sometimes as was in my case we just do not have the revelation of that scripture yet. That is why it is so important that you do not take my word for what I write, but you look in the word yourself and study it out. AMEN! Sometimes we are too well meaning for our own good. We need to make sure before we teach, or tell anyone what scripture says we make sure that we check two points. Are we causing condemnation to fall on those listening or reading, or are we sharing what Jesus told us to share, the good news, the gospel. Is what we are saying good news, or is it condemnation?
STAY IN THE WORD!